Kudos @AndyRalphKakadu of Kakadu Culture Camp for introducing us to the Stone Country Festival via Twitter and ABC Radio. If I were 3,000 miles closer, I’d love to go to this event in person! It’s the one day a year when the Aboriginal community allows everyone to enter. Weaving, spear making, cultural dances, food, sports.What doesn’t this festival have?
Stone Country Festival epitomizes the value of linking cultures (the topic in fact for September’s World Tourism Day).
The community of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) through its traditional Aboriginal owners, welcomes visitors to spend the day in their community and share a day of culture. The Stone Country Festival features, cultural dancing, painting and weaving demonstrations, bush foods, didjeridu-playing demonstrations, children’s activities and novelty events sports carnival, scenic flights.
Also, the Tourism NT event page provides some details:
The community of Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) in western Arnhem Land, through its traditional Aboriginal owners, welcomes visitors to spend the day in their community and share in the many activities taking place. Gunbalanya is located 320 kilometres east of Darwin and can be accessed via Kakadu National Park.
And today – this morning in fact – I was able to access the Australia All Over radio program (with Macca) in which Andy is “full of beans and full of life.”